Rough Night For Eagles In Restart In Halifax
It wasn’t the resumption to the season the Eagles were looking for as the first game in twelve days was an 11-4 loss to the Mooseheads in Halifax.
The first period didn’t show signs of a blowout, but it did hint at a high scoring game- a back and forth one. Zachary L’Heureux opened the scoring before the four minute mark, burying the rebound of a Jordan Dumais shot, before Émile Hegarty-Aubin evened on a rebound goal of his own.
The teams traded goals one more time- Senna Peeters fired a shot from between the two circles on the power play to put Halifax in the lead again. Dawson Stairs fired home a tying goal, but Markus Vidicek converted on a breakaway with just over two minutes to play in the opening period.
Halifax took a 3-2 lead into the third period, and it was the early stages of the middle period that swung the game in their direction. Peeters completed his hat trick with a pair of goals (the second on a power play) in the first four minutes, both from the left side of the goal.. Before period’s end, Justin Barron fired a shot through traffic to add to give Halifax a 6-2 lead.
Jordan Dumais scored the next two goals for the Mooseheads, and L’Heureux made it 9-2 just after the halfway mark. Each team still had two goals left in them- Stairs’ second of the night came on the power play, while Ian Furlong score his first career goal for Halifax with a shot from the blueline. Cole Fraser notched his first of the season for the Eagles, but it was Halifax’s Kyle Petten finishing the scoring with a power play goal from the top of the crease.
Brady James picked up the win, stopping 23 of 27 shots. William Grimard took the loss, allowing eleven goals on 35 shots.
The Eagles welcomed back a pair of players from injury as forward Davis Cooper played for the first time since February 6th, while defenseman Zach Welsh played in his first game since February 20th. The Eagles also recalled defenseman Matthew Power, who made his QMJHL debut. Power was drafted by the Eagles in round ten of the 2018 QMJHL draft, and has been playing this season with the Valley Wildcats of the MHL (Jr. A).
The Eagles will return to Centre 200 for Saturday night when they take on the Charlottetown Islanders. Game time is 7 PM. There is now limited availability to purchase tickets for Eagles home games- full details can be found at https://bit.ly/3jmSmML
The game will also be broadcast on Eastlink Television, and you can also hear all the action beginning with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 6:30 PM on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Senna Peeters (Halifax) 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots
2. Jordan Dumais (Halifax) 2 goals, 1 assist, +4
3. Justin Barron (Halifax) 1 goal, 4 assists, +3
Scratches For Cape Breton: Ivan Ivan (border), Mikhail Nizovkin (border) Jarrett Baker (upper body injury), Jérémy Langlois (upper body injury), Logan Camp (upper body injury)
Scratches For Halifax: Keegan Hunt (upper body injury), Alex Tessier (upper body injury), Brendan Tomilson (collarbone), Attilio Biasca (injury), Cole Foston, Landon Miron
Final Shots On Goal: 35-27
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/5
Halifax Power Play: 3/7